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Northampton author's novel tells of '80s Nicaragua

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 10:33

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — When two American journalists were beheaded in the last several weeks by Islamic State militants, Joe Gannon was saddened and horrified. But in another sense, he wasn't that surprised, knowing full well the dangers that foreign correspondents can face in a war zone.

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Democrats try to regain lost votes outside cities

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 07:31

PERRY, Ga. — In an arena usually reserved for rodeos and livestock shows, Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn told a boisterous crowd she was "glad to be home."

Her Republican opponent in the Georgia race, David Perdue, stood on the same debate stage and bellowed, "Welcome to Perdue country."

Neither candidate lives near the fairgrounds, much less among cattle or row crops. Nunn is a nonprofit executive who resides in a liberal neighborhood near downtown Atlanta, while Perdue is a wealthy former corporate CEO who lives behind multiple gates on a coastal island.

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Europe's bank test aims to strengthen economy

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 07:02

FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank on Sunday will reveal the results of a yearlong search through the books of Europe's 130 biggest banks, a key part of the region's effort to recover from its debt and economic crisis.

The review aims to weed out banks that are hiding financial problems that keep them from lending to businesses at affordable rates. Companies need the loans to invest and hire if Europe's economy, which didn't grow at all in the second quarter and has unemployment of 11.5 percent, is to improve.

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Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 06:39

BETHESDA, Md. — A nurse who caught Ebola while caring for a Dallas patient who died of the disease walked out of a Washington-area hospital virus-free Friday and into open arms.

Nina Pham got a hug from President Barack Obama in the Oval Office at the White House. And outside the hospital where she had been since last week, she got hugs from the nation's infectious disease chief, who oversaw her care.

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Kane: Policy, not politics, should govern immigration reform

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Immigration is the definitive wedge issue in American politics, but it doesn’t have to be. When the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act failed to pass the House this year, it was the third such failure of comprehensive reform in a decade. Here’s a good rule: Three strikes, you’re out. It’s time for a different approach. Congress should forget comprehensive reform and try for pragmatic and incremental change instead.

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Editorial: Canada’s dilemma

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

There are few nations on earth more open and welcoming than our neighbor Canada. And so it is particularly sad to see and to share with them the pain of their losses in this latest terror attack.

That Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, was an addict, troublemaker and likely seriously mentally ill before becoming a committed jihadist doesn’t make the terror any less real — or the death of a Canadian soldier, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, any less tragic.

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Joseph J. Rollins, 90, 
of Leicester, teacher

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Joseph J. Rollins of Leicester, a veteran and teacher, died Tuesday at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He was 90.

Mr. Rollins was born in Leicester and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Leicester High School.

He graduated from Clark University and earned a master’s degree from Worcester State College.

He served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Rollins was a fifth Grade teacher at the Leicester Center School for 37 years before retiring in 1990.

He was a communicant of St. Pius X Church in Leicester.

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Hillary rallies local donors for Coakley

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

In a swipe against big business, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday said “corporations don’t create jobs” — harkening back to a statement made by Elizabeth Warren three years ago while she was campaigning for the U.S. Senate.

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Frances E. Bergstrom, of Worcester, a nurse, 85

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Frances E. (Roche) Bergstrom of Worcester, a retired nurse, died Tuesday at Rose Monahan Hospice Home. She was 85.

Mr. Bergstrom was born in Worcester. She graduated from St. Peter’s High School and St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing.

She worked for many years at St. Vincent Hospital, retiring in 1987.

She sang in the choir of her longtime parish, Sacred Heart-St. Catherine of Sweden.

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Norwood man claims $550,000 on ‘Lucky for Life’ double hit

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Lightning has struck thrice for a Norwood man — twice on one day this week, when he scored a combined $550,000 with a pair of winning “Lucky For Life” tickets.

“In my whole life, I never had money where I could say I don’t owe anyone anything,” Kenneth Stokes told the Herald last night in front of CFM Variety, the Norwood convenience store where he bought the lucky tickets.

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Joanne M. Brisbois, 78, 
raised in Somerville

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Joanne M. (Lepore) Brisbois died Wednesday at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 78.

Mrs. Brisbois was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School.

She worked for many years at Garrett Insurance in Davis Square and for 13 years at the Somerville Housing Authority.

Wife of the late Joseph, Mrs. Brisbois is survived by two sons, Joseph Jr. of Wilmington and Christopher of Boca Raton, Fla.; a daughter, Lisa Bruning of Medford; a sister, Anita Arria of Malden; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

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Phyllis J. Driscoll, at 90, 
formerly of Gloucester

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Phyllis J. (Newman) Driscoll of Peabody, formerly of Gloucester, died Tuesday at Brooksby Village. She was 90.

Mrs. Driscoll was born in Brookline and was a longtime resident of Boston before moving to Cape Ann in 1952.

She graduated from Brookline High School and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School.

She helped her husband start several successful businesses in the building trade industry. She also worked at Blue Cross-Blue Shield in Boston for several years.

She enjoyed gardening, playing bridge, reading and traveling the world with her husband.

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Theresa M. Peagram, 88, 
formerly of N. Attleboro

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Theresa M. (Collette) Peagram of Hope Valley, R.I., formerly of North Attleboro and Plainville, died Wednesday at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick, R.I. She was 88.

Mrs. Peagram was born in Seekonk. She resided in Plainville for several years and was a longtime resident of North Attleboro before moving to Hope Valley three years ago.

She worked for Texas Instruments in Attleboro for 15 years, retiring in 1986.

She was a communicant of St. Mark Church in North Attleboro.

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Fitzgerald: True love’s bond is stronger than ever

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

He remembers the first time he saw her.

He was far from his Roxbury roots, living in a small northeast community that reminded him of Mayberry RFD, trying to establish himself in a career that had always been his heart's desire.

He was sitting at one end of the counter in a popular local eatery when, at the opposite end, he saw her emerge from the kitchen and engage a customer in friendly banter.

He asked the townie next to him, "Who is that?"

He was told she was a college junior, home for the summer, waitressing.

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Walsh, councilors at odds over veto power on pay hike

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s late afternoon veto yesterday of a $20,000 pay raise for the City Council has set up a City Hall showdown over who has the final say on the hefty salary bump.

Council President Bill Linehan said members will meet to determine if they can negotiate with Walsh or fight him.

“We will look at the steps that we can take. One of those steps is that we can work with the mayor and his recommendations, or we can decide on other measures we can take to try and move this matter further,” Linehan said.

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Governors order Ebola quarantines

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Rattled by the infection of a New York doctor, the governors of that state and New Jersey yesterday ordered mandatory quarantines for medical workers and other travelers who have had contact with Ebola victims — and local doctors are questioning if the Bay State will be next.

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Flynn: Ex-mayors share special bond

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Sitting with Tom Menino in his hospital room yesterday was the best day we ever had together.

We were two old mayors reliving the moments that defined the city we love.

It’s a special bond that’s almost impossible to explain. We didn’t talk politics. We spoke about the moments in office that became history. For Tom, it was the marathon bombings. It’s a day he said he’ll never forget. I thought he handled it well. I kept the conversation on him and his success.

All he wants is to be respected. That’s all any former mayor desires.

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Herald Radio hosts lt. gov. debate

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito and her Democratic rival Steve Kerrigan debated for the first time yesterday in a heated 30-minute battle on Boston Herald Radio that touched on a host of issues. Here are some excerpts from the debate:

• On Republican Charlie Baker’s national award for turning around Harvard Pilgrim Health Care:

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Gang cop’s bust sparks call for BPD review

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

Hub police remained silent yesterday on charges that one of their own helped a gang member by looking up a license plate number of an undercover cop car and then lied to the FBI about it, an “alarming” case one community leader said deserves a full review inside the BPD.

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As You Were Saying...Experience pays off with treasurer

Latest from the Boston Herald - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 04:00

While the toss-up race for governor draws much of the available oxygen from the state’s daily political coverage, there is at least one down-ballot election that is worth examining closely this year.

The contest for treasurer, given the importance of the office’s independent functions and the disparate perspectives and qualifications of the candidates, should not be a rubber-stamp exercise for voters.

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